Beautiful Storm

Beautiful Storm by Barbara Freethy Book Summary

From #1 NY Times Bestselling Author Barbara Freethy comes the first book in a new  romantic suspense trilogy: Lightning Strikes. In these connected novels, lightning leads to love, danger, and the unraveling of long buried secrets that will change not only the past but also the future…

When her father's plane mysteriously disappeared in the middle of an electrical storm, Alicia Monroe became obsessed with lightning. Now a news photographer in Miami, Alicia covers local stories by day and chases storms at night. In a flash of lightning, she sees what appears to be a murder, but when she gets to the scene, there is no body, only a military tag belonging to Liliana Valdez, a woman who has been missing for several months.  

While the police use the tag to jumpstart their stalled investigation, Alicia sets off on her own to find the missing woman. Her search takes her into the heart of Miami's Cuban-American community where she meets the attractive but brooding Michael Cordero, who has his own demons to vanquish.

Soon Alicia and Michael are not just trying to save Liliana's life but also their own, as someone will do anything to protect a dark secret… 

Grab the complete Lightning Strikes Trilogy today!
Beautiful Storm (#1)
Lightning Lingers (#2)
Summer Rain (#3)

Don’t miss the spin-off series!

Perilous Trust (#1)
Reckless Whisper (#2)
Desperate Play (#3) 
Elusive Promise (#4)
Dangerous Choice (#5)


"Powerful and absorbing...sheer hold-your-breath suspense."-- NYT Bestselling Author Karen Robards on Don’t Say A Word

"In the tradition of LaVyrle Spencer, gifted author Barbara Freethy creates an irresistible tale of family secrets, riveting adventure and heart- touching romance." -- NYT Bestselling Author Susan Wiggs on Summer Secrets

"This book has it all: heart, community, and characters who will remain with you long after the book has ended. A wonderful story." -- NYT Bestselling Author Debbie Macomber on Suddenly One Summer

"Freethy has a gift for creating complex characters."-- Library Journal

"Barbara Freethy is a master storyteller with a gift for spinning tales about ordinary people in extraordinary situations and drawing readers into their lives." -- Romance Reviews Today

"Freethy’s skillful plotting and gift for creating sympathetic characters will ensure that few dry eyes will be left at the end of the story." -- Publishers Weekly on The Way Back Home

"Freethy skillfully keeps the reader on the hook, and her tantalizing and believable tale has it all– romance, adventure, and mystery."-- Booklist on Summer Secrets

"Freethy’s story-telling ability is top-notch."
-- Romantic Times on Don't Say A Word

"A page-turner that engages your mind while it tugs at your heartstrings...Don’t Say A Word has made me a Barbara Freethy fan for life!" -- NYT Bestselling Author Diane Chamberlain on Don’t Say a Word

"Golden Lies is an absolute treasure, a fabulous, page-turning combination of romance and intrigue. Fans of Nora Roberts and Elizabeth Lowell will love Golden Lies." Kristin Hannah 

"Freethy's smooth prose, spirited storytelling and engaging characters, are sure to send readers on a treasure hunt for the author's backlist books." Publishers Weekly 

"I love The Callaways! Heartwarming romance, intriguing suspense and sexy alpha heroes. What more could you want?" -- NYT Bestselling Author Bella Andre

Beautiful Storm by Barbara Freethy Book Reviews

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- Beautiful storm5 star

Absolutely a wonderful story. TY

- Beautiful storm5 star

A unusual romance, mystery and suspense story based on characters coming together because of a storm chaser. Won’t want to put it down till the murder is caught.

- Finally a mixed genre book!5 star

This book is great! I was sick of reading only romance or only crime/mystery and this book is the perfect combination of both! I like how it drew me into the mystery and then a guy comes along and the romance picks up. Very sweet relationship and good mystery throughout the whole book. Kept me on my toes and watching over my back for sure.

- Beautifully written5 star

I couldn’t put this book down! I loved it and will complete the trilogy.

- Awesome5 star

Awesome book can’t wait to read the others

- Beautiful Storm5 star

I have read 2 of this series, out of order, and it didn’t take away from the enjoyment I had of the stories and mysteries. Barbara is an excellent writer of romantic mystery, and I have enjoyed many of her books. They are well thought out and keep me glued to the story.

- Excellent5 star

Take the time to read this novel. It starts out with a chance encounter with darkness in a storm with lightening and continues to move at a fast pace to the conclusion. On to the next! Excellent.

- Nicely balanced mystery/romance4 star

While I agree with some reviewers that it is not the most riveting page-turner, it is a good read that nicely balances mystery with romance. I like the unique aspect of the storm chaser and the fact that you cannot guess “who done it” until the very end.

- Boarding1 star

One of the slowest books I have ever read. The story is ridiculous. I skipped whole chapters, and nothing changed. Do not waste your time.

- Beautiful Storm was not all that beautiful3 star

The story was good, but not great. It dragged in places and a little editing would have helped. I may read more books by this author, but he is not my favorite.

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- Interesting story5 star

This is the first in a suspense trilogy. It is an exciting story about a photographer, Alicia Monroe, who loves to take pictures of lightening strikes. One night during a lightening storm she sees a woman fighting off a man in the park. Suddenly the lightening strike caused a tree limb to fall knocking her out. When she awakes, she finds the dog tags for a woman missing for two months by the police. Also looking for the woman is family friend, Michael Cordera. Alicia and Michael try to track down the missing woman together as the killer tries to stop them. Another can’t put down story by Ms. Freethy.

- Beautiful Storm5 star

I truly enjoyed "Beautiful Storm" Could not put the book down!!

- Beautiful Storm5 star

What a wonderful story. Loved the characters and it was suspenseful till the very end. Thanks for giving me the opportunity to read and to give a review. Dianne

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kitcat$345 - Beautiful Storm5 star

Excellent mystery with a little romance. The mystery was quite enjoyable. I’m up late because I didn’t want to put it down. Catherine M.

Happytobeaway - Great read4 star

The story was interesting and filed well

SkinnyLynny19 - BEAUTIFUL STORM5 star

Wonderful book! Intriguing mystery, unique story and rich characters. Loved it.

Didee. - A great read!4 star

If you enjoy romantic intrigue and suspense then this book won’t disappoint!

Isafrizz - Great book, everyone should read this!!!!!!5 star

Super amazing book, it had the suspense, romance, adventure & intrigue that every book needs. I was so great full to read this. The plot had numerous mysteries that all subtract to 1 in the end. 💛💛💛💛💛💛

Quick Historical read - A winner from Barbara Freethy5 star

I have loved Barbara's Callaway series but this was my first step into her other work and I am delighted to say it has not disappointed. Alicia and Michael intrigued me right from the first chapter and as their story progressed I was drawn into the mystery they were trying to solve. Their story was intertwined with their troubled family histories and it was touching to see each of them let down the barriers that had held them back from a loving family dynamic. Barbara Freethy has a writing style that makes her books difficult to put down and can cause sleep deprivation as you read just one more chapter.

PatrickGran - Beautiful Storm.5 star

Another really great book loved the intrigue & Suspense, wonderful characters just found it very hard to put down, kept me guessing until the end cannot wait until the next one in this Series loved the Romance between the main Characters. I was sent this book and asked to give my Honest Opinion may I say I would absolutely Recommend this book to read. Loved It. 😊❤️

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About Barbara Freethy Wiki

Barbara Freethy (born in California) is a #1 New York Times bestselling American author of women's fiction, contemporary romance and romantic suspense. She is a two-time winner of Romance Writers of America's RITA Award for Best Contemporary Single Title Romance for Daniel's Gift in 1997, and for Best Contemporary Single Title Romance for The Way Back Home in 2013. She has sold over 5 million books, with 18 books making the New York Times bestseller list. In 2014, she was named the Amazon KDP Bestselling Author of All Time. Biography Freethy is a native of California and earned a degree in Communications from UC Santa Barbara. She worked for a while in public relations before launching her...

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